Today we have the blog tour for DEMONS by J.L. Drake! Check it out and grab your copy today!
I am excited to be part of this blog tour! I have a lot coming your way in this post, including a mini review of books 1 and 2 in THE DEVIL’S REACH SERIES by J.L. Drake, an excerpt from Demons, and a special interview with the author!
Author: J.L. Drake
Series: Devil’s Reach
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: March 27th
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctors Design
Cover Model: Josh Mario John
Photographer: Lane Dorsey
I thought the light would bring redemption. Salvation. But it only brought the Devil to my doorstep. My demons are breaking through, and the reaper is moving closer. My weakness has been exposed, and there’s only one person who can calm this hell…
I broke a promise to myself, and now I’m paying for it. I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be a part of this hell. But I don’t have a choice…
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Silence fell. The only things screaming were the demons inside my head. My anger rose rapidly.
“Jace!” I barked. “Clean this shit up.”
He and the newest prospect, Rich, started to push the human waste down the industrial drain with a shovel.
Blood dripped from the tips of my hair and ran down my face. I grabbed the razor we used to skin the heads and moved over to the mirror. I gathered the hair in the center of my head and lifted it up then buzzed the sides.
I left the mohawk long.
I flipped my hair out of my face and spun around to face my men. They seemed unsure what to think.
“Like the new look.” Rail said, trying to break the tension.
Gus nodded in agreement, but I caught him glance to where Morgan stood off to his side.
“Fuck, I would give my left nut to have Tess back,” Rail muttered to Brick.
Brick remained silent, which was good, as I was moments from flipping my fuck switch.
I grabbed a bottle of whiskey on my way out and stuck it in my saddlebag before I kicked my bike to start the engine. The air was cold and whipped through my hoodie as the smell of the rain to come made memories come thick and fast about the last time it poured.
Her lips shivered, but her eyes told me she had a lot more fight in her.
“I’m fine.” She pulled the joint from my lips.
I shook that thought from my head and turned down a side street. I cut the engine and found Mud outside his surf shop.
“Evening.” He grinned when he saw the bottle dangling from my fingers. “You want to keep going?”
I nodded and removed my hoodie and tossed it on
the table, but carefully laid my cut on the leather couch away from the mess.
He motioned for me to take the chair. I flopped back and looked up at the naked posters that littered the ceiling.
Mud lit a joint before he spoke. “This new?” He pointed at his head.
“You want a glass?”
I wiggled the cap off with one hand and drank the neck before I set it aside. Mud huffed with a grin, and smoke poured out of the corners of his mouth. He tapped his phone, and The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” played through shitty speakers. I eyed him, curious if it was meant for me, but he just clicked the machine on and went to work on my pec.
I focused all my energy on the needle that drilled tiny pinpricks into my flesh, but sadly, it didn’t last long. The pain subsided, and I was left with my demons gnawing on my memories.
Nolan was nowhere to be found.
MY THOUGHTS ON DEMONS:
Demons picks up right where Trigger leaves off…thankfully! I have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers, and Trigger contains one! I was still hanging out on the edge of my seat when I picked up Demons, but reading Tess and Trigger’s story again didn’t calm any nerves. HOLY SMOKES, FOLKS! Strap in, again, because the ride continues!
Romance, drama, intrigue, suspense! You get it all among the continued character development and plot arc. J.L. Drake has a dynamic writing style that captivates.
For me, Tess and Trigger (as individuals and together) are the best part of this series. Their chemistry is entwined with their push and pull; it’s so complimentary. I could not get enough of them! They are so perfectly flawed. I honestly can’t say I favor one over the other.
What’s even better is that Tess and Trigger surround themselves by a cast of characters again that add so much to their story. You never want the secondary characters to take anything away, and in this series, the full cast of characters feed well off each other.
To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into plot details. I will simply say this story is intense and gripping from beginning to end. Twists keep you enthralled, and the romantic/sexual tension keeps you wanting more! Readers are left hanging again — it’s the kind of ending that will have you breathing deeply because you survived but wishing for the 3rd book immediately!
Check out Book 1 in the Devil’s reach series, TRIGGER
MY THOUGHTS ON TRIGGER:
I am going to be completely honest…I was not sure I’d like this book/series. Trigger has a very dark, suspenseful feel. BUT, I loved it!
A romantic suspense, Trigger is the first book in The Devil’s Reach Series by J.L. Drake. If you enjoy gritty biker-themed adult romances, I highly recommend this one!
I have not been more intimidated by an opening chapter than I was with this book. Talk about an intense first impression of a character! The title character, Trigger, is rough around the edges, to say the least! He is hard, but he is that way because he has a past and his present very much revolves around his motorcycle club.
Enter Tess. Also with a past, so she keeps up a wall up to guard herself. I have one word to describe Tess: FIERCE! I love her! Despite being a little guarded, she is a badass and doesn’t take any shit. I am often not a fan of female leads because I find them annoying, but I adored Tess!
Obviously, these two butt heads, but then their connection is inevitable! Guys! These two! So many exclamation points!!!!! Their relationship has a lot of tension which leads to an explosion of intimacy.
Trigger has secrets, plot twists, a great arc of events, and a cliff where J.L. Drake leaves her readers hanging.
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About J.L. Drake
Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.
Interview with the author:
Q: Do you remember the first story you ever read that had a major impact on you?
A: Yes, Pop Goes The Weasel by James Patterson. The darkness that he threaded through that story just spoke to me’ almost awakened me in a way. I knew that romance/suspense was the genre for me to read then later write.
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: James Patterson, Sylvia Day, Katy Evans, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Christina Lauren to name a few.
Q: What motivated and/or inspired you to become an author?
A: I never liked English in school; if I passed with a 50% I was beyond excited. As you can see, this was never my lifelong dream, but dreams change…my husband’s co-worker’s wife wrote a book and put it online and when I heard about it, no joke, something clicked. I opened a Word document and 129K words later, my What Lurks in the Dark novel was finished (now my Darkness Series).
Q: What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?
A: That everyone feels like they are in the story rather than just watching the story.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for The Devil’s Reach Series?
A: Ha! That’s a good question. I knew I always wanted to write something dark to scrap the darkness off me. Not sure if that makes sense, but we all carry some kind of a demon on our shoulder from something crummy from our past. Instead of letting it shape or defy me, I write about it. Trigger has always been a part of me and he was waiting “patiently” for me to write his story. I purposely only read one MC book, so I can write my story my way. I will say I’m the biggest Kurt Shutter fan out there, so I would suppose he helped in some ways too. Really, the book just wrote it self. *Yes, I am aware I sound like I have a split personality, but you know what? I’m very much okay with that!
Q: Tell us a little about your latest book, Demons.
A: You start where Trigger left off; you get the background on Tess and you start to understand her better. Trigger faces some big demons while fighting to get Tess back. From the moment the book starts you better hang on because there is a lot to take in and a lot you won’t see coming. I won’t say much more that as it’s a very webbed book, but will read some familiar names that will make you smile! – YES! You will smile a few times through Demons!
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Trigger or Demons? What would you do differently the next time?
A: I’m pretty pleased with the way Trigger and Demons went out. I think my challenge in my books overall is that I write such large casts that I will reuse names when I didn’t mean to. Like Clark from Escape isn’t the same Clark from Trigger. *smacks forehead* Gus’S son, Denton, has the same name as The American from Broken. It’s bound to happen, but I have a lovely friend that does a character audit for me and it’s now my lifeline with my books.
Q: Was there anything you edited out of Trigger or Demons that you now wish you kept in?
A: I had a huge scene with Gus and Tess at the desert the first night they arrived. Gus gave her some history on Trigger and the club. It was actually pretty sweet, but I decided to go in a different direction so now I am sprinkling that info as we go. I’m still undecided if I wanted it in or now.
Q: When can fans of The Devil’s Reach Series expect more?
A: I will never answer this question, as too much can happen. (Last year was proof of that) But I will say I am heading back into my cave this week and I do have a goal for when I want it done. If I can stick to me goal, you’ll have it this year.
Q: Lastly, what’s your favorite reader/fan memory? (i.e. a special note, a raving review, an overwhelming meeting, etc.)
A: I remember telling my mother about Broken, that I woke up from a dream and that I was going to write about a girl in a safe house in the Montana mountains. Everyone who heard that storyline was weary about a book being in one location. When I handed her that manuscript, sat on pins and needles while she read it, I could barely handle it. I got phone call about two days later that her and my stepdad were blown away by it. They were dying for book two. I always made my mom proud, but this, this one took the cake because she saw the story exactly how I intended her to. Ever since, the two of them read all my work before anyone else does.
Thank you to @inkslingerPR and @jldrake for having me on this blog tour.